SSMJ May 2016


Diabetes – a global epidemic and its implication for South Sudan

On April 7 2016, World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report highlighting the increasingly serious epidemic of diabetes - 422 million, or 1 in 11, adults are living with diabetes, the great majority being type 2 diabetes

News, Reports and Policy


The VISION 2020 LINKS Programme originated as part of the ‘VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight’ initiative established in 1999 by the World Health Organization and the International Agency for Prevention of Blind-ness to eliminate avoidable blindness worldwide.

Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund: News from South Sudan.

Making Progress in Postgraduate Medical Education

As the new College of Physicians and Surgeons of South Sudan (CPSSS) continues to develop, links between the UK and the College have been further strengthened.

Clinical Guidance

Open Appendicectomy….How I do it

This article is meant for medical officers and surgeons in training who might be called upon to perform this procedure in the absence of a trained general surgeon. The techniques described here are the ones used by the author for this procedure and might differ from those used by other surgeons. However, the principles of the operation are universal.


Factors contributing to, and effects of, teenage pregnancy in Juba

Teenage pregnancy is a public health concern in both developed and developing countries. It is defined as any pregnancy that ends before the age of 20 years. About 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years old give birth each year, which is about 11% of all births worldwide [1], and this does not include births among girls aged under 15 years

Childbirth in South Sudan: Preferences, practices, and perceptions in the Kapoetas

Household air pollution and childhood pneumonia in South Sudan: will clean cooking stoves reduce the incidence and mortality?

In 2012, exposure to household air pollution (HAP) caused by cooking and heating with unprocessed biomass (solid) fuels such as wood, charcoal, crop waste, animal dung, and coal claimed 4.3 million lives worldwide. This mostly occurred in low and middle income countries with almost 600,000 deaths in Africa, and out of all the global deaths attributable to HAP, 534000 occurred among children under the age of five years.

Case Reports

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